Oregon St. players sentenced


Oregon St. players sentenced

Corvallis, Ore. — Two former Oregon State football players and a current team member who took a golf cart on a joyride in March have each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Former linebacker Keaton Kristick was sentenced Tuesday to 25 hours of community service, while former quarterback Lyle Moevao received 40 hours, and defensive tackle Brennan Olander received 65 hours.


Woods thanks ex-coach

Orlando, Fla. — Tiger Woods is thanking Hank Haney for his six years as swing coach. He is not saying, however, who his next coach might be.

Haney said in a statement on his website Monday that he had resigned. Woods posted a comment on his website Tuesday that they have agreed Haney will no longer work with him.

He calls Haney an outstanding teacher who has helped him and a great friend. He says their friendship will not change.

Woods missed the cut at Quail Hollow and withdrew in the final round of The Players Championship because of a sore neck. It was the first time he played consecutive tournaments without earning official money.

Mickelson to play Memorial

Dublin, Ohio — Masters champion Phil Mickelson has committed to play in the Memorial Tournament next month.

The world’s No. 2-ranked player skipped the event a year ago but will be making his 11th appearance in the tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club, which runs from June 3-6. Mickelson has two top-10 finishes in his previous trips to the Memorial.

The addition of Mickelson gives the tournament nine of the top 10 money-winners on the PGA Tour.


Federer cruises at Madrid

Madrid — Defending champion Roger Federer improved his clay-court game, defeating Benjamin Becker of Germany, 6-2, 7-6 (4), Tuesday to reach the third round of the Madrid Masters.

The top-seeded Federer broke serve right away and again to close out the first set. He missed two match points when leading 6-5 in the second set before taking control of the tiebreaker.

Wild-card entrant David Nalbandian, the champion in 2007, and opponent Tomas Berdych each withdrew because of injuries before their match.


Griffey knocks nap report

Baltimore — Ken Griffey Jr. insisted Tuesday he was available to pinch hit during a recent Seattle Mariners game, in spite of a report that he was taking a nap. Quoting two Mariners who spoke anonymously, The (Tacoma) News Tribune wrote that Griffey was asleep in the clubhouse during Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, leaving manager Don Wakamatsu scrambling.

Jury acquits officer

Houston — A jury has acquitted a Houston-area police officer in the shooting of an aspiring major-league baseball player in 2008.

Jurors deliberated for nearly four hours Tuesday before finding Bellaire police Sgt. Jeffrey Cotton not guilty of aggravated assault by a public servant. Cotton mistakenly thought that 24-year-old Robert Tolan was armed and driving a stolen car. He told jurors that he believed his life was in danger before he shot Tolan, the son of former major leaguer Bobby Tolan.

Astros’ Bourn suspended

St. Louis — Houston Astros outfielder Michael Bourn has been suspended two games for making contact with an umpire, but remains in the lineup while he appeals. Bourn also was fined an undisclosed amount for his actions during the 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

Braves to honor Glavine

Atlanta — Tom Glavine is joining Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, former teammate Greg Maddux and three others as the seventh Braves player to have his uniform number retired. The Braves will induct Glavine into the team’s Hall of Fame and retire his No. 47 on Aug. 6. Maddux had his No. 31 retired last year. The other Braves players to have their numbers retired are Aaron (44), Spahn (21), Eddie Matthews (41), Dale Murphy (3) and Phil Niekro (35).


Robert Morris names coach

Moon Township, Pa. — Andrew Toole has been promoted to head basketball coach at Robert Morris.

Toole takes over for Mike Rice and at age 29 becomes the youngest head coach in NCAA men’s Div. I basketball. Toole was the school’s associate coach for three seasons.


QB’s return uncertain

Pittsburgh — The Pittsburgh Steelers resume voluntary offseason workouts next week, but it’s unclear whether suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be allowed to participate.

On April 21, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended the two-time Super Bowl winner for the first six games of the season and also ordered him to undergo a behavioral evaluation following a March incident in which a 20-year-old college student accused him of sexual assault in Milledgeville, Ga. The case will not be prosecuted.